Becoming an Analyst

The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis offers theoretical, clinical and didactic training to those persons who desire becoming Lacanian analysts and who meet the admissions standards. The School suggests that persons applying for admission have an advanced degree and can demonstrate an interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis. The School admits applicants who:
– hold an advanced degree in psychology, psychiatry, counseling, or social work, and
– are licensed, working toward licensure, or training in a mental health profession.

Overview of the Steps from Application to Analyst
Student-analysts receive theoretical, clinical, and didactic training. In order to become a psychoanalyst of the School, students must complete the following steps, not in chronological order:
1. Be a licensed or license eligible mental health professional
2. Make a Palimpsest presentation before the members of the School and therefore become a Candidate Analyst
3. Document their course work consisting of a combination of lectures, seminars, case conferences and cartels related to theory and clinical studies in Lacanian psychoanalysis through their 4-year commitment
4. Complete a personal analysis with an analyst recognized by the School
5. Complete two control analyses with two analysts affiliated with the School, and bring one of these control analyses to termination
6. Become analyst of the school when approved by a committee of the School’s analysts through a specific “Passage” procedure.

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Becoming a Research Analyst

The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis offers theoretical, clinical and didactic training to those persons who desire becoming Lacanian analysts and who meet the admissions standards. The School suggests that persons applying for admission have an advanced degree and can demonstrate an interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis. The School admits applicants as Research Analysts who have completed research in a field relevant to psychoanalysis such as philosophy, literary criticism or linguistics. A Research Analyst applicant is not required to hold a license as a mental health professional. Research Analysts will divide their professional career between research and the private practice of psychoanalysis.

Overview of the Steps from Application to Research Analyst

Student- Research Analysts receive theoretical, clinical, and didactic training. In order to become a psychoanalyst of the School, Students must complete the following steps, not always in chronological order:

1. Hold a Ph.D. in his or her field; although this degree need not be in psychology, it usually will be in a scholarly field applicable to psychoanalysis

2. Demonstrate research and teaching/training competence in psychoanalysis

3. Register with the Medical Board of California in Sacramento, CA

4. Make a Palimpsest presentation before the members of the School and therefore become a Candidate Analyst

5. Contract a personal liability insurance to cover their practice of psychoanalysis.

6. Document their course work consisting of a combination of lectures, seminars, case conferences and cartels related to theory and clinical studies in Lacanian psychoanalysis

7. Complete a personal analysis with an analyst recognized by the School

8. Complete three control analyses with three different analyst-supervisors affiliated with the School, and bring one of these control analyses to termination

9. Complete no less than 560 hours of training in the School’s program

10. Submit a Thesis at the end of the program

11. Become analyst of the school when approved by a committee of the School’s analysts through a specific “Passage” procedure.

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Studying Lacan

The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis offers training in Lacanian psychoanalysis to those persons who do not plan on becoming clinicians or practicing psychoanalysis, but who are willing to studying Lacanian thought in a systematic and committed manner. Such persons can be admitted to the School as Scholars-in-Training. The School suggests that persons applying for admission have an advanced degree or can demonstrate an interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis. A Scholar-in-Training applicant is neither required to be a mental health professional or student, nor to hold a PhD in a field applicable to psychoanalysis.

Application to the Scholar track

In order to become a Scholar of the School, Students must complete the following steps:

1. Demonstrate their interest in psychoanalysis

2. Complete their 4-year training with the School

3. Document their course work consisting of a combination of lectures, seminars, case conferences and cartels related to theory and clinical studies in Lacanian psychoanalysis through their 4-year commitment.

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Policies

Statement of Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, or national and ethnic origin in its admission, administration and training practices.

Statement on the Lacanian Clinical Orientation

The Lacanian School acknowledges that many analytical Candidates may come with extensive prior training in psychoanalysis. This is particularly true for a psychologist and/or a marriage and family counselor who has been trained in a psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic emphasis area. We recognize a Student’s prior training and view this as preparation for Lacanian analytic training.

For those who enter the analytical field via Lacanian academic studies, then extensive clinical experience and the study of Freud and clinical psychoanalysis in general will be required. The frame for training, like the frame for analysis itself, needs to be tailored to the singular characteristics of each Student.

Given that most Candidates/Students are already busy licensed or license eligible professionals, we encourage the use of study groups and cartels, and the pursuit of independent studies under the guidance of tutors/advisors so that each Candidate or Student may take responsibility for fulfilling the requirements of their own training.

The school also recognizes prior personal work in psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis even though it was not done within the Lacanian orientation. The Lacanian field articulates the relationship between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in a qualitative rather than quantitative way. Some analyses, despite being on the couch, and four times a week, may be more like psychotherapy than psychoanalysis. Conversely, some psychotherapy despite not using the couch, and having less frequency of sessions, may produce and work through material commensurate to a standard analysis. It all depends on the work with the unconscious, the emergence of primal phantasies, their relation to traumatic experiences, and the traversing of the phantasm, as Lacan called it. Lacan invented the variable length session, and the non-standard frame for analyses, precisely to facilitate and maximize the focus on the emergence of unconscious phantasy rather than on the orthodox and conventional formalities of the treatment. A Lacanian school is the place where Lacanian clinical practices may be conducted, investigated, and transmitted to future generations of analysts. Other psychoanalytic institutes may introduce Lacanian theory but not Lacanian clinical practices.

In all cases, a future Candidate has to present an initial personal analytical symptom. In the case of those who have already done significant personal work, some understanding of the relations among the symptom, unconscious fantasy, and trauma will be expected from them.

Cancellation Policy

In order to receive full refund, a cancellation request has to be made in writing and received not less than 2 months prior to the seminar start date. Please submit all cancellation requests to:

The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis

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